PepperJax Grill opens doors at Kearney location

    PepperJax Grill opens doors at Kearney location (NTV News)

    A new restaurant has just opened its doors in Kearney but that's not all the owner has brought to town.

    PepperJax Grill announced they were coming to Kearney back in October to this location where Moe's Southwest Grill used to be.

    "I wanted to be first in line," said a Kearney resident Donn Loy.

    Loy was at PepperJax an hour before they officially opened their doors at 11 a.m. on Monday.

    Like many other customers NTV News spoke with, Loy used to drive all the way to Grand Island just for the food.

    "We've been looking forward to it for months ever since we first heard about it," said Loy.

    PepperJax Grill didn't just bring phillies, rice bowls, salads and nachos to Kearney. It also brought jobs and their corporate headquarters.

    "We have already increased employment right here in our home office. There will be at least another eight to 12 positions available as we develop the brand. In our support center side, we are close to 20 to 22 people and then with the restaurant that's another 30 to 35," said the CEO and owner of PepperJax Grill Brett Weis.

    "Anytime we get a corporate business moving in here in Kearney, that's even better. We will gladly take that and support them, and help their business succeed however we can," said the CEO and president of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Derek Rusher.

    As a Nebraska company, PepperJax Grill uses some local products, specifically one our state is known for.

    "The beef is sourced through Nebraska through a local supplier out of Omaha so it is Nebraska beef. The other proteins are not," said Weis.

    The owner said he has plans to franchise the company, allowing PepperJax to expand even more.

    "We will be proceeding into 2020 with a franchise development. That will be housed right out of Kearney here. We currently operate in six states with our corporately owned restaurants. With our franchise development, we will expand past those six states and that will be exciting," said Weis.

    Weis says they have a total of four PepperJax Grill locations opening in Nebraska this year.

    For those still upset about Moe's leaving Kearney, you can click the video below for a little bit of good news from the owner of PepperJax.

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